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Applying for and terminating a place at an early childhood education centre

Every child has the right to early childhood education and preschool education. In Vaasa, early childhood education services are available in daycare , family daycare and open daycare centres.

When parents study or work fulltime, the child has the right to fulltime early childhood education. When one or both parents are at home, the child is entitled to early childhood education for 20 hours a week.

Applying for a place

Applying for a place

A place at an early childhood education centre should be applied for no later than four months before the need for care arises or immediately when you become aware of the need for care.
If you would like to apply for a place for your child in a municipal or private daycare centre, family daycare or an open daycare club, please fill out our application online.(in finnish)

  • When applying for a place in a municipal daycare centre or family daycare, fill out the following: Hakemus kunnalliseen varhaiskasvatukseen (Application for municipal early childhood education)
  • When Applying for a place in a private daycare centre, fill out the following: Palvelusetelihakemus yksityiseen varhaiskasvatukseen (Application for a service voucher for private early childhood education)
  • If your family lives outside Vaasa, you can still apply for early childhood education in Vaasa. These applications will be processed on a case-by-case basis. In this event, contact the early childhood education Service Manager Maria Karvonen: maria.karvonen@edu.vaasa.fi

Tel. 06 325 3124 tai 0503254821

You can also:

Fill in the application form in english and send it to varhaiskasvatus.palveluohjaus@vaasa.fi

Apply for a place in a daycare centre or family daycare.

Apply for a place in an open daycare club.

The application must state the service needed and the date when the early childhood education is expected to begin. Three location requests can be entered in the application. Where possible, the location of the early childhood education will be according to the family’s primary wish.

The decision on the location is made about three weeks before care begins

The family is contacted about a month before the desired start of early childhood education and their need for early childhood education is reconfirmed.

The decision on the location where the early childhood education will be is given to the family about three weeks before it starts. Once a decision has been made, the start date for early childhood education can no longer be changed.

An application for a place at an early childhood education centre is valid for one year. Children in Vaasa, whose mother tongue is Finnish, can apply for a Swedish-language immersion programme. Applications for language immersion programmes are made using our online service in January-February each year.

Sudden and unforeseen need for a place in an early childhood education centre

If the need for early childhood education comes suddenly, is unforeseen and is due to employment, study or education, the application for a place should be made as soon as possible.

However, the application must be completed at least two weeks before the desired start of early childhood education. Information on sudden employment or the commencement of studies must be provided in writing. It is a good idea for the family to be prepared for the fact that the place for early childhood education may not meet their primary wish.

Change of care

If you would like to change your child’s early childhood education centre, then please fill out our online application: Hakemus varhaiskasvatukseen (Application for Early Childhood Education) -> Hoitopaikan vaihtaminen (change of care)

The transfer request will be made as soon as possible. The application is valid for one year.

Termination or temporarily suspension of a place

Termination of a place

 The parents must notify the child’s early childhood education centre in writing that the care relationship will end. The notification must be made at least one month before the care relationship ends.

Temporarily suspension of a place

Parents may, if they wish, suspend their child’s place at an early childhood education centre for a limited period, provided that the child has been there for at least four months.
After the suspension, the child may return to the same early childhood education centre. The suspension shall last for a minimum of four months and a maximum of one year.

The start of the suspension and the time limit shall be agreed with the daycare provider in advance. No client fee is charged during the period of suspension.
During this period, a child under the age of 3 is entitled to a home care allowance and a child under school age is entitled to the sibling increase of the basic amount. If the suspension ends after September, the family will not be entitled to a free July month the following summer.

Change in the need for early childhood education

Your child’s need for early childhood education is defined when early childhood education begins.
If there is a change in what is required, i.e. more or fewer early childhood education hours, the change should be agreed directly with the daycare manager or family daycare supervisor.

It is a good idea to discuss changes early, at least one month before a desired change. A new service requirement must be valid for at least five months.
A child may be in fulltime early childhood education for two months after their parent has become unemployed or has finished their studies.